CFED Scorecard

Financial Assets & Income

Outcome Measures

Income Poverty Rate

Asset Poverty Rate

Asset Poverty by Race

Asset Poverty by Gender

Asset Poverty by Family Structure

Liquid Asset Poverty Rate

Liquid Asset Poverty by Race

Liquid Asset Poverty by Gender

Liquid Asset Poverty by Family Structure

Extreme Asset Poverty Rate

Net Worth

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Net Worth by Income

Net Worth by Gender

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Unbanked Households

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Consumers with Subprime Credit

Borrowers 90+ Days Overdue

Average Credit Card Debt

Bankruptcy Rate

Policy Priorities

Tax Credits for Working Families

State IDA Program Support

Lifting Asset Limits in Public Benefit Programs

Protections from Predatory Short-Term Loans

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Income Tax Threshold

Tax Burden by Income

Prize-Linked Savings

Paperless Payday

Trend Indicators

Change in Net Worth

Change in Asset Poverty

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CFED Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Microenterprise Ownership Rate

Definition

Total number of firms with 0-4 employees and nonemployer firms as a percentage of people in the labor force, 2009.

Description

For low-income individuals, self-employment is a significant source of employment and income. A microenterprise is defined as a business that requires $35,000 or less in start-up capital and has five or fewer employees. However, more than 80% of microenterprises in the United States employ a single owner-operator. The higher the microenterprise ownership rate (and the higher the small business ownership rate), the higher the percentage of residents who have the opportunity to build wealth through business capital accumulation. This indicator shows the percentage of individuals in the state’s labor force that own a microenterprise.

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Microenterprise Ownership Rate

StatePercent of Labor Force Owning
Microenterprises (%)
Rank
United States  16.0%   
Alabama  16.0%  18 
Alaska  17.0%  13 
Arizona  14.0%  42 
Arkansas  15.9%  19 
California  17.0%  12 
Colorado  17.9% 
Connecticut  15.3%  28 
Delaware  14.3%  41 
District of Columbia  15.4%  25 
Florida  20.6% 
Georgia  17.6% 
Hawaii  16.6%  15 
Idaho  17.3%  11 
Illinois  15.5%  23 
Indiana  13.4%  49 
Iowa  13.9%  43 
Kansas  13.8%  45 
Kentucky  14.6%  37 
Louisiana  17.3%  10 
Maine  18.7% 
Maryland  15.8%  22 
Massachusetts  15.2%  30 
Michigan  15.1%  31 
Minnesota  14.7%  35 
Mississippi  16.2%  17 
Missouri  14.6%  38 
Montana  19.9% 
Nebraska  14.5%  39 
Nevada  14.4%  40 
New Hampshire  15.9%  20 
New Jersey  15.3%  29 
New Mexico  14.7%  36 
New York  18.4% 
North Carolina  15.8%  21 
North Dakota  14.8%  34 
Ohio  13.5%  48 
Oklahoma  17.0%  14 
Oregon  15.3%  27 
Pennsylvania  13.7%  46 
Rhode Island  14.8%  33 
South Carolina  15.0%  32 
South Dakota  15.5%  24 
Tennessee  16.5%  16 
Texas  17.4% 
Utah  15.3%  26 
Vermont  19.5% 
Virginia  13.8%  44 
Washington  13.5%  47 
West Virginia  13.1%  50 
Wisconsin  12.0%  51 
Wyoming  17.6% 

Source

Statistics of U.S. Businesses (SUSB). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2009.

Non-Employer Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2009. 

Local Area Unemployment Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009.

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